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The last Palatine light.

[One of the best-known traditions of our Atlantic coast is that of the “Palatine light,” popularly associated with the wreck, off

Block Island in 1720, of a ship bearing emigrants from the
German Palatinates. The light is reported as appearing at irregular intervals for more than a century, and was last seen in 1832. Its appearance is minutely described by an eye-witness, a resident physician, who saw it Dec. 20, 1810. See Sheffield: Block Island, p. 42.]

Roger Harlakenden climbed the hill
Where no other fisherman dared to go;
The east-wind was blowing bitter and chill,
Sheer was the cliff and the footing slow;
Handgrip on rock and knee on the sod,--
At last on the headland's height he trod.

In the days of the pirates three footpaths led
To that dizzy cliff; but now there was none
Save for the fox, the goat, and the bird:
One path o'er the seaweeds green and red;
From high-water mark to the cave-mouth, one;
And thence o'er the Pirates' Hill, the third.

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